Sweet and Spicy Green Bean Pickles

I'm an unrepentant pickle nut. At some point in the past, one of my ancestors must have had vinegar for blood because my people will pickle anything. I thought about doing something creative and unexpected with cucumbers to start, but I've been craving these green beans for weeks, so we're just gonna dive right in! … Continue reading Sweet and Spicy Green Bean Pickles

How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg

If you're like me, you settle for the best you can manage when it comes to cooking eggs. They're tricky, and it's much easier to order them than to make them the way you like. My second most difficult egg struggle has been with fried eggs. I like a perfectly cooked but not burnt egg … Continue reading How to Make the Perfect Fried Egg

Coffee Talk

The people that love you are likely to forgive you for a great many things, but bad coffee is not one of them. There are rules about coffee now. We have professional baristas explaining to us which coffee goes with which food and on what day, even! You can put lemon in your espresso, but … Continue reading Coffee Talk

Healthy Coconut Caramel Sauce

Oh, this stuff is yum!  I think it's better than "real" caramel. It's pretty easy to make, but you want to be very gentle with it. Cook low and slow. Coconut Caramel Sauce Ingredients: 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar 1 Can Coconut Milk 1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil or Ghee 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 Teaspoon Sea … Continue reading Healthy Coconut Caramel Sauce

Eggs Sous Vide, aka, The Only “Poached” Egg I Can Successfully Pull Off

Confession:  I cannot poach an egg to save my life. Believe me. I've tried and tried. I've listened to all the advice and tried all the different techniques, and I am convinced that it is simply magic that only immortals can perform. Leave it to the French to invent culinary magic for mere humans to … Continue reading Eggs Sous Vide, aka, The Only “Poached” Egg I Can Successfully Pull Off

The Importance of Everything In Its Place

The term "mise en place" is used by chefs the world over. It's French for "everything in its place," and it will change your life. When I started cooking, I would be stressed throughout the process, and I would completely destroy my kitchen and feel utter despair at the thought of cleaning it afterwards. I … Continue reading The Importance of Everything In Its Place